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A Sense of Wine

A Sense of Wine is Wine Sense's journal of new products, techniques and behind the scenes info for those who love to make wine. The authors are the Wine Sense staff. You will be familiar with them as the friendly faces that serve you whenever you stop by one of the stores. Join us as we share our insights on new procucts, advice and our experiences. Please feel free to comment on any posts- we look forward to your input!

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Tools and Gadgets for the Winemaker

December 10, 2009

BenJust a couple of ideas that may help make your wine making experience that much more enjoyable!

An Avvinator is a great tool to help sanitize your bottles, spraying the sodium metabisulphite or aseptox into your bottles instead of having to soak them. After using your avvinator, a Bottle Tree is also a big help, allowing your bottles to drip dry. It takes up very little space and gives the bottles a chance to drain in a simple and organized way. Used together, your bottle sanitising routine becomes a breeze.

Getting ready to bottle? A Floor Corker is a must! Instantly, bottling becomes a quicker and easier task. The stability of the floor corker gives you much more control of the bottle, as well as the depth of the cork. 

Equipment

Just a few of the tools and gadgets for the winemaker!

Buon Vino Mini Jet Filters are the ultimate “power tool” for the winemaker. They put a commercial polish on your wine and help your wine along with its evolution by removing solids. Still not sure? You can rent a Floor Corker or Filter from Wine Sense to try before you buy!

As you continue to make wine, you will find that there are many little things that will make your life easier, including Carboy Handles, Bottle Washers, Auto Syphons, Wine Thiefs, Brew Belts, and maybe the best invention of all – the Wine Whip, which allows you to degas your wine effortlessly in minutes. These accessories would be a treat for any winemaker this Holiday Season and a lot of them are on sale right now!

I hope you find these little hints helpful.

From Ben and Ken we hope you have a Great Holiday season!

Ben

Manager- Wine Sense (Brandon Location)


Filed under: Equipment by Craig

Holiday Cheer!

December 7, 2009

Craig1Good food, good wine and good people- the perfect recipe for a good time! Last night was the annual Wine Sense Staff Christmas Party. It’s always a great time, largely because it’s one of the few times a year that all of the staff are at the same place at the same time. Our multiple store locations and retail hours make it difficult for everyone to spend time with each other- that’s one of the great things about the Holiday Season it gives people a reason to socialize.

We held our party at The Food Studio on Roblin Boulevard. It was the third Wine Sense event we’ve held there this year. Our first event was our Food and Wine Pairing staff training session and then our Limited Edition Staff Pre-Tasting where we previewed this year’s Limited Edition wines. Both events were so good we decided to have our Christmas Party at The Food Studio.

The food was prepared by Chef’s Peter and Steve from Culinary Community. They did the food for our Food and Wine Pairing session and lived up to our expectations last night!

We started the evening with casual ‘stand up’ appetizers. We enjoyed fresh smoked Arctic Char paired with an off-dry Canadian Riesling, Pulled-Pork with Cranberry Mustard BBQ Sauce paired with a South African Shiraz and Shrimp Flambe with a Salsa Cream Sauce paired with pink Sparkling from California.

The soup was a Cream of Truffle which was followed by a Spinach and Sundried Tomato Salad and a terrific Caesar Salad.

The Main Course was Prime Rib and Turkey with all the ‘fixins’ served family style. Turkey goes great with Riesling and Chardonnay so we chose a Chardonnay Riesling blend from Australia. For the Prime Rib we had an amazing Sonoma Pinot Noir and a big California Cabernet.

The feast was capped off with an assortment of tarts and cheese cakes and a selection of Ice Wine, Late Harvest Riesling, an LBV Port and a 10 Year Old Tawney Port- decadence!

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A great group of people having a great time!

As amazing as the food and wine was- it was the people that made the night special. Wine Sense is very luck to have such a great crew of people and we have no trouble having a good time when we can all get together. I’m already looking forward to next year’s Christmas Party! 

Craig

Wine Sense


Filed under: General by Craig

My "Cap" is Off to You!

December 4, 2009

VictorIt’s time to make life easier (and safer) for yourself. Stop using a flathead screwdriver, scissors, lock grips or anything else you can get your hands on to remove those pesky caps from wine kit bags.

The Bag De-Capper is a handy tool that safely and easily removes the yellow caps from the juice bags in all major wine kits. Simply slide the Bag De-Capper across the cap so it locks on the ridge- and pry off.

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Simply slide the Bag De-Capper across the yellow cap and it easily lifts off!

 

Ask your Wine Sense staff about the Bag De-capper, those that have tried it say “why didn’t I think of it”. No more struggling and spilling when opening the wine kit bag and no-more cuts or scrapes on your hands!

The Bag De-Capper also makes a great Stocking Stuffer!

 Victor

Manager- Wine Sense (McPhillips Street)



Filed under: General, Equipment by Craig

Living the Lifestyle

December 1, 2009

MeganLiving the “wine lifestyle” is so much more than simply making and drinking wine.  Last summer, I was lucky enough to be able to experience a part of this lifestyle while travelling through Europe.  

Though I did many tours of vineyards throughout Germany, Italy, and France, my tour through the Beaujolais Region of France was unforgettable.  The rolling hills of the gorgeous countryside were a sight for a tired traveller’s eyes, and we got to take our time and explore the breathtaking region.   

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Outside the Vineyard

One of the properties we visited was Domaine de Cruix, just outside of Lyon, France.   Upon entrance, we were greeted by our guide in front of huge barrels, and were walked through the process of wine making from the actual growth of the grapes, to the fermentation and aging of the wine.  We were given a few different Beaujolais wines to taste, including the prestigious “Beaujolais Nouveau” and a White Beaujolais, and were shown the correct way to swirl, smell, swish, and taste the wine.  Domaine de Cruix has been creating wine since 1710, so the tour was a wealth of information… and great wine!  At the end of the tour, we all purchased bottles of our favourite wines, and were free to continue to explore.

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Beaujolais- the wine and the view are both amazing!

The travelling and touring of each vineyard was amazing on its own, but one of the best things about this trip was bringing these wines home.  It was definitely an exciting way for me to share the “wine lifestyle” with my friends and family, and bring part of Europe’s wine history back home with me.  So if you ever get an opportunity to do any vineyard visits, in Canada or abroad, jump at the opportunity!  As we all know, there is nothing better than a nice bottle of wine and great company!

Megan

Wine Sense- Portage Avenue


Filed under: General by Craig



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